Joy Division were an English rock band formed in 1976 in Salford, Greater Manchester. Originally named Warsaw,
the band primarily consisted of Ian Curtis, Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook and Stephen Morris.
Also known as
Joy Division rapidly evolved from their initial punk rock influences to develop a sound and style
that made them one of the pioneers of the post-punk movement of the late 1970s.
On the eve of the band's first American tour in May 1980, Curtis committed suicide.
After the death of Curtis, the remaining members continued as New Order, achieving critical and commercial success
Stiff Kittens, Warsaw
Salford, Greater Manchester, England
From the sado-masochistic novel 'The House of Dolls' by Karol Cetinsky. Joy Divisions were lines of huts in which
deported women were forced to prostitute themselves to Nazi officers on leave.
Ian Curtis (vocals and occasional guitar)
Peter Hook (bass guitar and backing vocals)
Stephen Morris (drums and percussion)
Bernard Sumner a.k.a. Bernard Albrecht (guitar and keyboards)
Joy Division Quotes
Actually when we stopped New Order I was busier than ever. The only gaps have been while we've been writing.
America stopped making vinyl and phased out the single but Germany held out and refused. Warner's never phased out vinyl in Germany. Now America imports it!
I think that you have to bear in mind that music is about escape, and it's not unreasonable to think the music business would be based around escapism.
I wouldn't have an iPod, because it's something about the laziness that I don't like. I don't like having it that available.
I'd rather have ten people who are mad for it than ten thousand who aren't.
I'm not a great fan of Embrace.
In fact when I get back and see Bernard and Steven, I'll tell them the fans are alive and well and they're really nice.
In fact, Steven's daughter didn't know what a CD was. They don't want to be bothered to put one on. They want to push a computer button.
We need to talk about what we are going to do and see and decide. We'll have to wait and see.
We've had a problem finding a vocalist. We have not been lucky yet to find the one. I think the problem is that the three of us have such a pedigree of vocalist, that if we come out with someone that's not good we'll obviously be slated!
When we stopped New Order and had to start again there was obviously going to be a gap, which to the fans seemed like a quite long one.
When you balance it against New Order, New Order don't work or tour relentlessly. We definitely work in our own way and sometimes it's a bit too slow for me, so I like to plan ahead and fill my time up.
Yeah, but the excitement of driving around town is palpable. My experience with downloading is not... I'm not computer friendly. My children are!
Yeah, I still feel as if I have things to do really. I'm not ready to stop.